A survey of 1900 Americans yesterday reported somewhat shocking results. The percentage of Americans who viewed overweight people as less attractive dropped from 55% back in 1986 to 24% today. Given the rapid rise in overweight and obesity rates, that's actually fairly good news - especially considering that obesity certainly is still considered by many to be an acceptable target for scorn.
Of course, that's an American survey. Results were also released yesterday regarding a survey conducted in Italy that showed that Italians viewed obesity as "worse than adultery" in the hierarchy of deadly sins.